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Willard "Bill" Van Grinsven

March 5, 1931 — June 23, 2017

Willard “Bill” Van Grinsven, age 86, of Kimberly, WI, died Friday, June 23, 2017. He was born on March 5, 1931 to the late Martin and Wilhelminia (Vanden Hogen) Van Grinsven. Bill was united in marriage to Darlene (Vander Zanden) on June 10, 1954 at Holy Name Catholic Church in Kimberly, WI.

Bill graduated from St. John's in Little Chute, WI, served in the U.S. Coast Guard as a Gunner's Mate from 1951 to 1954; worked at Kimberly-Clark Corp. as an Industrial Sheet Metal tradesman for 25 years, served as head union representative, and was President of Holy Name School Board. Bill and Darlene loved spending time at the cabin on Pelican Lake; fishing, making big family meals, taking in the sunshine, being mister fix-it (ultimate DIYer), playing cards, reading, talking with friends, and being with family.

He will be sadly missed by his family: John (Sharon) Van Grinsven (Champaign, IL), JoAnn Van Grinsven (Appleton), Julie Shelley (Hortonville), Gene (Linda) Van Grinsven (North Lake), Kathy (David) Schmidt (Appleton), and Lee (Amy) Van Grinsven (Combined Locks); brother Joseph Van Grinsven; sister-in-laws Joyce and Rita Van Grinsven; grandchildren include Jennifer (Jim) Crone, Nicole (Neal) Clem, Kari Van Grinsven, Joseph Van Grinsven, Jaclyn Shelley, Joshua (Nicole) Friesen, Ashley Friesen, and Courtney Schumacher; great-grandchildren Addison and Emma Crone, Calvin and Lucas Clem; Piper, Reece, and Blakley; and numerous nieces, nephews, godchildren, and special friend Mary DuFrane.

Preceded in death by his wife, Darlene; daughter, Cheryl; son-in-law Kevin; brothers and sisters Marie, Herman (Virginia), Theodore, Henry (Lorraine) (Vera), Anne Rickert, Lawrence (Pug), Martin (Red), Fran Van Grinsven.

The Funeral Liturgy for Bill will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 26, 2017 at Holy Spirit/Holy Name Catholic Church, 600 East Kimberly Avenue, Kimberly, with Father Bob Kollath officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. Online condolences may be expressed at

The family would like to thank all the friends, relatives, dedicated staff at Compassus Hospice, Dr. Demery, and his caregivers.

“You are a strong, steady force in our family! You taught us to love a good fish fry, love through life's challenges, and many more life lessons. We will miss you greatly. Heaven gained another angel, and a great one at that. We will miss your smart remarks, troublemaking, telling stories, and smile — love you forever.”

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Sunday, June 26, 2022

9:00 - 11:00am

Holy Spirit Parish - Kimberly

600 E Kimberly Ave, Kimberly, WI 54136

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